Copyright © 2011 by Tucalota Vineyard and Selma Lesser. All Rights Reserved.
Tucalota Vineyard, planted in 1997, at the foot of the
Tucalota Mountain, thrives in the northeast corner of
Temecula Wine Country at an average elevation of
1,800 feet. Rolling hills within the vineyard itself
provide the beneficial drainage for the granitic soil that
nourishes our vines. Upon grading the vineyard in
preparation for planting, we allowed several of the
original granite boulders to remain, giving us a
reminder of the origin of our soil.
Originally planted with cuttings from old Cinsault vines which were transported in 1884 from the Rhone
Valley in France to Cucamonga, California, these vines have prospered to produce an award-winning
dessert wine carefully crafted by the nearby winemaker at Leonesse Cellars. In 2006, we introduced
Mourvedre and Grenache, the varieties famous in Spain and the southern Rhone Valley in France for
their resistance to hot days, so characteristic of the Temecula Valley. In addition, mention should be
made of our proximity to the Rainbow Pass to the west which allows the cool ocean air to reach our
vineyard, especially in late summer, providing the cool nights that allow for a slow maturation of the fruit.
Our Mourvedre harvested at 23 brix has produced a robust varietal while the Grenache is used primarily
for blending with other Rhone varieties. The superb dessert wine produced from the Cinsault by Leonesse
Cellars is harvested at approximately 26 brix and fermented on the skins to extract maximum intensity in
color and flavor.
For more information about Tucalota Vineyard, contact Selma Lesser at 951-302-8621 or selma909 @